With the New Year just around the corner, the American Red Cross encourages donors to resolve to help save a life in 2017 by giving blood. Donors are needed to give the gift of life at the New Year’s Blood Drive with ABC Columbia and iHeartRadio’s 100.1 The Beat, 104.7 WNOK and 97.5 WCOS. The event takes place Tuesday, Jan. 10 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at PLEX Indoor Sports, 741 Fashion Drive, at the Village at Sandhill.
Historically, winter is one of the most difficult times of year to collect enough blood and platelets to meet patient needs. Holiday activities make it difficult for many regular donors to make time to donate. Seasonal illnesses, like the flu, can cause some donors to become temporarily ineligible to donate, and winter weather can lead to canceled blood drives. Despite these challenges, patients still depend on lifesaving donations every day.
All presenting donors at the blood drive will receive a Red Cross T-shirt, PLEX roller skating and Jumpin’ Jacks inflatable park passes, while supplies last.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit www.redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code ABCColumbia or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-722-2767). Walk-ins are welcome.
Offers and items are non-transferable and not redeemable for cash.
How to donate blood
To make an appointment, download the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Donors can use RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, from a computer or laptop. Visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass to get started.
A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.